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Question Number: 1681

RE: Under 18

chris griffin of woodbridge, va US asks...

What is the difference between serious foul play and violent conduct, and do you handle both situations differently or the same? What are some examples?

Answer provided by Referee stewart

Violent Conduct is a physical attack against anyone and includes spitting. This can happen during play or when the ball is out. It usually happens during retaliation but can also be deliberate elbowing or blatant kicking. Serious Foul Play is when a player attempts a tackle against an opponent in such a manner that he endangered his own or opponents safety. Some high footed or double footed tackles may come into this type of catagory depending on the ferocity of the act. A violent tackle from behind would also be Serious Foul Play.

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Answer provided by Referee miller

More specifically, serious foul play is violence committed by a player (not a sub), on the field, against an opponent, while contesting for possession of a ball in play. This could be tackling, striking, kicking, etc., but is always a penal foul. Violent conduct is all other violence committed by a player or sub, and may, or may not be a penal foul, depending on circumstances.

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